A Father’s Day Visit on Silver Star


The 4,390-foot summit of Silver Star Mountain is easily visible from much of the Portland and Vancouver area, and is located about 28 crow-flying miles northeast of home.

In late spring I hiked to the summit of Silver Star from Grouse Vista.

On a personal note, we placed my father’s ashes on Silver Star’s summit fifteen years ago.

Sitting on the summit gave me an opportunity to honor his memory. He would have enjoyed the location.

The views are open and far-reaching on a clear day. Deer are often nearby, as are black bears when the huckleberries ripen in the autumn.

Less than one mile away are Indian pits used for religious ceremonies in the long past.

I imagine at times the spirits of the Indians and my father sitting around an open campfire telling wild and wooly stories about hunting and other adventures.

Even though I miss him, the old cowboy is always nearby when I am in the wilderness.

Mt. St. Helens behind the summit of Silver Star Mountain

Mt. St. Helens behind the summit of Silver Star Mountain

Huckleberry flower

Huckleberry flower

Butterfly

Clodius Parnassian Butterfly

Hikers on top of the lower summit

Hikers on top of the lower summit

Mt. Hood setting on top of low-lying clouds

Mt. Hood setting on top of low-lying clouds

My backpack next to an Indian pit

My backpack next to an Indian pit

Oregon Flag

Oregon Flag

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

Pika enjoying a snack

Pika enjoying a snack

Buckbrush

Western Labrador Tea

Rock Creek Falls

Rock Creek Falls

Lower Trail in early morning

Lower Trail in early morning

Yellow Pea

Yellow Pea

Mt. Adams in distance

Mt. Adams in distance

Paintbrush

Paintbrush

 

 

 

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